I’ve been at this blogging thing for more than a year now, and I am at a fairly comfortable place. Does that mean I’m ready to sit back and relax? Heck no! I really do want to take my blog to the next level. I’m not concerned with making it bigger, I only want to make it better. Here’s some of what I plan to do, and what I dream about.
⇒ I want to reach out more effectively to the various groups of people who read my blog. I’m not quite sure how to do that yet. I have recently realized that I direct much of what I write to other book bloggers, specifically those who comment on my blog. But in reality they make up only a fraction of those who read my blog, they are just the most vocal. How do I include those who are outside of the book blogging community? How do i even know what they want to see on my blog?
⇒ The book blogging community in the UK doesn’t seem as vibrant to me as the one in North America. I wonder if it is because I don’t know where to look, or is it truly different? Anyways, to try to make a difference over here I am planning on holding a book blogger meetup at my favorite Indie bookstore in Edinburgh. Maybe people will come, maybe they won’t, but I have to try. I’m aiming to arrange something in June, and then perhaps another meetup in August at the Edinburgh Book Festival if people are interested.
⇒ I am engaging more with some larger blogs and plan to write for them. The two that stand out are TripFiction, who I have already done some reviews for and Shiny New Books, a new website based in the UK. I just want to put myself out there more
⇒ Speaking of putting myself out there, I’m toying with the idea of going to the Frankfurt Book Fair in the fall and the London Book Fair in the spring. They don’t appear to have anything specifically for book bloggers like the BEA does, but I would like to see what it is all about.
⇒ And while I’m not too interested in Vlogging or booktube, I love podcasts! This might come from my long standing love affair with public radio like BBC, CBC, and NPR, but it is a dream of mine to be on a podcast.
I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone else is planning on expanding their blogging horizons. New ideas are always welcome.